Plan for Success in 2013

And so it ends…
Published: Dec 12, 2012
Author: Warren Coughlin

And so it ends…

No, not the world. Just the year. The great Mayan practical joke will soon be revealed and we will all carry on striving to make our lives, our businesses – and hopefully the world around us – just a little bit better.

So, before sitting down to plan your next year (and you are going to write a plan to start the year, right?) it’s important to take stock of the one that’s past.

I’m going to suggest you do something a bit challenging, over some steps.

First, look over the last year. Think of 5 things that went extremely well.

Write them down.

Second, identify the qualities in you that made or allowed these things to occur. Please re-read that sentence carefully. I am NOT asking what happened. I am NOT asking who else was involved. I am NOT asking for reasons why they were flukes. Start with the assumption that something about you made them a reality.

Maybe it is your wit, your perseverance, your hard work, your loyalty, your creativity, your social skills, your analytical skills, your relationship development skills, your attitude on life…whatever they are. Put aside false modesty. No one else will see this but you.

Might there be more than one quality relevant to each outcome? Yes. Might one quality apply to more than one outcome? Yes.

Don’t read ahead. Just do the exercise. Now!

Write them down.

Third, think of 5 things that you are not so happy with. Perhaps it was an event, or maybe it is a state of affairs.

Write them down.

Fourth, answer the same question as before. What qualities in you created those outcomes? Avoid making excuses, blaming others, or, indeed, blaming yourself. Accepting that a quality of yours produced a reality is to accept a truth; it is not to blame.

Write down those qualities.

This little exercise, if you accept it, is incredibly powerful. What you’ve just done is identify your drivers of and your obstacles to success. When you sit down to do your planning, think about these lists.

Ask yourself 2 questions:

  1. What activities will take advantage of those qualities that drive my success?
  2. How can I minimize the influence of those qualities that interfere with my success?

This is a high level of personal responsibility. If you accept it, you’ll realize dramatically improved results in 2013.

Success is yours…Go get it!

About Warren Coughlin

Warren Coughlin
Top Performing Canadian Coach

I am a certified Business Coach with ActionCOACH, the World’s #1 Business Coaching Franchise (Entrepreneur Magazine, Jan. 2004 & 2005). My goal is to help small business owners, such as yourself, spend less time working in your business and more time working on your business. In the end, you'll be spending less total time working and will be making more money. I’d also like to help you put the FUN back in your business and your life.

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